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Posted at 1:35 PM ET, 12/13/2010

OpenLeaks to launch, rivals WikiLeaks

By Melissa Bell


While its founder Julian Assange sits in jail, the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks faces a new rival: OpenLeaks. OpenLeaks' founder is none other than former WikiLeaks employee Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who has been the most vocal in criticism toward Assange.

Domscheit-Berg, who went under the pseudonym Daniel Schmitt, told the Associated Press he quit WikiLeaks after falling out with Assange over what he described as the lack of transparency in the group's decision-making process.

Assange has said that Domscheit-Berg was suspended from the group for misbehaving and that the former employee lashed out at the group simply because he was unhappy with the suspension.

Domscheit-Berg told BBC News that his new site, which will be ready to launch within a few months, will not publish any information leaked to it by anonymous sources, but will work with newspapers, nongovernmental organizations and labor unions to verify and publish the material.

The company is more of a "technology provider," rather than a publishing site. One of Domscheit-Berg's complaints with WikiLeaks was that the project had become too self-promoting and did not focus enough on the material it had been given. OpenLeaks would put the focus on the publishing companies, not on itself.

Domscheit-Berg has been working on a book about his time inside WikiLeaks, which will be released in January.

By Melissa Bell  | December 13, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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It sounds like this guy is angling to become an insider, rather than a whistleblower.

We have a constant need for Wikileaks or something like it... we used to call it "the press".

Posted by: patrick4 | December 13, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

The internet shall take over the job once held by our media. Today they are too busy "entertaining" us to report the news in a factual nonpartisan manner.

Another site is always welcome. More light into dark corners can never hurt.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | December 13, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

OpenLeaks will never replace WikiLeaks if it plans on only publishing information from authorized sanitized public sources. that's what the big news media do every day. What makes WikiLeaks important is that they publish everything that governments are too scared or embarassed to allow.

Posted by: mhoust | December 13, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

Rumsfeld to leak classified documents in memoir! I imagine is Ok for Rumsfeld to profit from the use of classified documents, certainly I will not contribute to his pocket book, most of what he has to say is probably more lies.

Posted by: tepexpan | December 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

I realy can't see another "wikileaks" is of any benefit if they are all dependant on the same information.
Pehaps we should launch a "Beermatileaks" but of course they don't!

Posted by: Beermatman | December 14, 2010 2:50 AM | Report abuse

Should be interesting to see what develops!

Posted by: clermontpc | December 14, 2010 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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